Michelle Goodwin, Licensed Professional Counselor, has a M.A. in Counseling from St. Edwards University and a M. Ed from Boston College. Michelle is a trauma-informed, person centered, strengths-based counselor who believes that she is aprivileged witness to the unfolding of a client’s life journey. Michelle works to create a therapeutic environment that is emotionally safe and nurturing; a place where the transformative work of healing can be realized.
“Through the course of the years, the focus of my counseling has been narrowed down to three specific populations: children/adolescents, individuals and couples, and children and adolescents.
Children and adolescents. I’ve counseled children and adolescents (ages 3 through 18) both in clinical and academic settings. Clinically,I addressed childhood trauma, family changes due to divorce, children on the Autism spectrum,behavioral issues, academic struggles, bullying, depression, anxiety and self-harm. Often, at the beginning of a session with a child, I encountered parents who felt frustrated and helpless. I wanted to address those feelings. I started by helping parents focus on strengtheningtheir parental skills andparents found a way to restore and repair relationships, to reestablish authority and tocreate a discipline strategy that worked for them.
Individuals. Incounseling individuals through diverse issues such as depression, anxiety and trauma, I discovered that the strength of the therapeutic relationship between counselor and client is everything. It is a brave thing to search for and to ask for help. I always want my clients to know I respect how hard it is to take that first step and I want them to know I’ll be there for every step that follows.With trauma clients, I’veaddressed issues with clients such as childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, physical abuse and PTSD. I’ve worked with substance abuse clients and their families in dealing with generational addiction; codependency; enabling; setting boundaries and recovering and relapse. I ‘walked with’ clients through difficult life changes: divorce; empty nest and caring for elderly parents.
Couples. I am trained in Gottman Couples Therapy. Gotttman therapy helps couples forge stronger relationships by building respect and trust; opening communication; managing conflicts; repairing patterns of discourse and building on shared experiences.”
Michelle’s therapeutic approach is Rogerian (person centered). Michelle is a strength-based trauma informed counselor who utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness. Michelle is trained in Sand Tray, Nurturing Parenting, Gottman Couples therapy and EMDR.